New Open Access Policy for Research in Canada

The three major federal funding agencies in Canada have issued a new open access policy, the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications, that requires that all peer reviewed publications resulting from funding by the three agencies be made open access accessible within twelve months. The agencies are the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). “The policy will require NSERC and SSHRC funded researchers to comply with the policy for all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward. The policy will not change current compliance requirements for CIHR funded researchers since a similar policy with the same requirements has been in effect since 2008.”

In announcing the policy Ed Holder, Canada’s Minister of State (Science and Technology), stated that “[M]aking research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing knowledge and maximizing the impact of publicly-funded research for Canadians. Increased access to the results of publicly-funded research can spur scientific discovery, enable better international collaboration and coordination of research, enhance the engagement of society and support the economy.”